MLB's Latest Efforts To Screw Fans: All That Content You Bought? Gone, Thanks To DRM Change

from the swing-and-a-miss dept

It's really amazing how far Major League Baseball goes towards pissing off its fans. From trying to limit fantasy sports by insisting that MLB owns facts, to deleting fan websites, to trying to stop fans from using a Sling Box to watch games, to the ridiculous blackout policies that stop fans from watching games, to the decision last year to prevent certain TV providers from showing Major League Baseball, it just seems like the sports actively tries to antagonize some of its biggest fans. The latest may be the most ridiculous. was certainly a pioneer in offering video online, including the ability to purchase and download videos of games. Like so many content companies, falsely believed that it needed to wrap the content in copy protection software. However, as read tijir alerts us to, the DRM that MLB chose involved having the content always check in with an server to make sure it could be played. That's just dandy... until changes its DRM provider and takes down the old authorization server. At that point all of the content everyone had purchased becomes totally useless. True to its fan-unfriendly nature,'s response has basically been "tough cookies." Specifically, a representative from claims that since the products were "one-time sales" there are no refunds. Of course, if they were one-time sales... then why do they need to get approval from every time they want to play? They're clearly not one-time sales. The sale was for a service -- which included regular authorization to play the content. MLB has now failed to live up to their end of the deal and should provide at least some kind of refund.

Filed Under: baseball, drm, fans
Companies: mlb

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    Bob, 7 Nov 2007 @ 1:32pm

    MLB has a lot of money

    So I suspect that some enterprising crook, errm lawyer, will file a class action suit on behalf of all those harmed. I'd say it'll be an easy win.

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